Denim-clad Jason Favieros is a 50-something Greek leftie turned business tycoon. When he commits suicide – very publicly – on television, grouchy inspector Costas Haritos reckons it can’t be just because the chat show host is more than averagely unbearable. So he breaks free from sick leave (and an over-attentive wife) to set off on a quest through the sweltering heat of Athens in the lead-up to the 2004 Olympic Games.
There starts a tale of twists and turns and sharp observations of contemporary Greece, the labyrinth of corruption making particularly relevant reading today. When two more prominent figures (who, like Jason Favieros, were also student opponents and victims of the 1967-74 military junta) also publicly commit suicide, the plot can only thicken – narratively, politically, and historically.
Markaris keeps you guessing right to the end. Dark and gripping, this complex mystery is shot with flashes of sardonic humour.